Friday, 30 April 2010

How To: Felt Raincloud Brooch

As promised - here's a tutorial to make your own sparkly raincloud brooch!

I made mine in two different colourways, one white cloud with pale blue raindrops and one darker, stormy grey cloud with dark blue raindrops:




To make your own clouds you will need:

- a needle, a pin, scissors, and the template at the bottom of this post
- white or grey felt to make the cloud and blue felt to make the raindrops
- thread to match the two colours you choose
- embroidery thread to match your raindrops
- a large needle to sew the embroidery thread
- silver and blue round sequins
- a brooch clasp or safety pin

First, cut out your pattern pieces using the templates provided. Each piece of the brooch is made from a "sandwich" of three felt layers, the middle layer is the smallest so it's hidden when you sew them all together.


 

Using embroidery thread, sew your small raindrop pieces to your small cloud piece (this structure will be the filling in your sandwich). Knot your thread and make one stitch in one of the raindrops, starting from the bottom and sewing upwards. Then leave a bit of embroidery thread "loose" between your raindrop and cloud so the raindrop can dangle freely, and sew it securely to the cloud. Repeat this for your other two raindrops, hanging your middle drop slightly lower than the others.

 


Now it's time to add your sequins onto the "front" felt pieces. I used silver sequins on my white/light blue cloud and a mix of silver and blue sequins on my grey/dark blue cloud. You might find it helpful to arrange the sequins on one cloud shape or your paper pattern as a guide and then gradually transfer them to the final shape as you sew. Use three stitches for each sequin, and thread that matches the felt you're sewing them onto.
 


Take your remaining cloud shape, turn it over and sew a brooch clasp onto the back using a double thickness of matching thread (alternatively you can use a safety pin and a scrap of felt - for info on how to do this please see this post).




Using thread that matches your cloud, sew the back piece (with clasp) onto the middle piece. I used long stitches on the inside (which won't be visible when the brooch is finished) and shorter stitches on the outside (visible on the back of the brooch)




Now it's sandwich-making time. Start with your raindrops - they can be a bit fiddly! Use a couple of small stitches to secure the small middle piece to the plain back piece (as you just did with the cloud), this will make it much easier to sew all three pieces together neatly. Then then add the sequinned front piece to your sandwich and use whip stitch to sew all three layers together. Finish your stitches on the back where they will be less visible.
 




Finally, put your sequinned cloud shape in place and use whip stitch to sew your cloud sandwich together (again, use matching thread and finish on the back).





Double-click on the image below to view the template & print it. If you print the template at 100% your raincloud will be the same size as mine.


This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many brooches as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!


31 comments:

NorraSud by ROROISM said...

wonderful. thanks!
some stormy/rainy clouds are at the back of my head.
i have it even cut at my desk with a mist of gray tulle, but not sure what's net ;-)

Rebekah said...

These are SO cute, Laura.

treaclezoo said...

these are lovely, I like the choice of stormy cloudbusting vs. sweet spring showers look :)

Aarti Badamikar said...

very very pretty!!
:)

Miss Maggie said...

These are really great, I will definitely try this!

Julia said...

Super awesome!!! Thank you! It'll be just the craft therapy I need for this rotten mood!

La Mañosa said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing it!

Chiara Handmade said...

beautiful... really beautiful!
I've linked your tutorial in my blog

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, this is gorgeous! I love it! Thanks so much for the cute project, I'll be linking.

Kelley said...

I am SoOoO making some of these!

von Hand zu Hand said...

yes....that's the way it looks like here today - rainy, rainy, rainy.

but i love these brooches.

i set a link. i hope you'll agree.

thanks for the tutorial.

doro.

Sarah said...

These are sooooo cool! As a hydrometrist these are just itching to be made. Thank you!!!

Have added a link, hope you don't mind?

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

These are so great! I've included them (and your link of course) in a list I put together for great crafts to do on a Road Trip!

Vicky said...

these so lovely ,my little sister must liake it.

Sheri@childmade.com said...

Very nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link. Stop by and say "hi," maybe add a few links of your own!

Anonymous said...

you r very kind to share your lovely brooch...thanks

kashaya said...

Merci, je vais essayer.
Thank you for sharing I hope to try it soon.

Menage said...

Ces petite broches sont adorables et originales.

Clara said...

Soooooo nice! I'm going to try one. Thanks, Clara.

Kirsten said...

I added this project to our site and linked to you. We think it's a great project our readers will love to make! If you have other projects you'd like us to feature please feel free to contact me. Thanks again,

Kirsten
Editor
AllFreeSewing.com

r4 ds said...

so cute, perfect

Мария said...

These rain clouds make me smile :)))

Sew Flippin Cool said...

This is great! I've posted about it here - http://wp.me/pkcUM-Ev

thanks,
Emily

RedTedArt said...

I LOVE your craft and have featured it on the "Weather Get Crafty" carnival :-)

http://www.redtedart.com/2011/06/01/weather-get-crafty-weather-themed-crafts-and-tutorials/

Thank you!

Maggy

Lilli said...

Really wonderful idea and blog!
Congrats :-)

Sharon said...

Love the clouds, rain & all! Thanks for sharing. I saw it today from AllFreeSewing.

Irisha said...

Thank you - it is so cute! Pinned it!

Lima said...

These brooches are so cute and simple to make. Adorable!
Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I linked it in a serie I'm writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.it/2012/04/diy-from-head-to-toe-7.html), hope you don't mind :)

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks for the comments everyone, & thanks to everyone who has linked back to this project from their blog - it's much appreciated :)

Pearl Blay said...

Very sweet and inspirational! Will definitely want to share this tutorial.

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks Pearl! x

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